RS 2: Hyderabad

Digital Divide in Hyderabad

The city of Hyderabad is considered to be one of the most technologically advanced cities in India. Even so, the digital divide is astonishingly prevalent throughout the city. “Digital Divide in Hyderabad”, by V. Nilesh (Deccan Chronicle), dives into this problem by inspecting one of the principal areas of concern. The article tackles the stark contrast in terms of technology and computer education within private and government schools. Most private schools have access to computers and training classes, while “78 percent of primary schools and 45 percent of higher secondary schools in Hyderabad do not even have computers” (2). Nilesh goes on to talk about the government’s small-scale influence on the schools by stating that the “last time computers were bought for high schools was in 2010-2011, for 19 schools” (3). The state government also claims to have a very large budget, yet none of these funds seem to be used to provide or enhance the technology for these schools. Apart from the lack of technology, maintenance is another key factor in widening the divide. Private schools have hired qualified technicians to provide year-round tech support. On the other hand, government schools do not have the funds to hire staff and face other problems, such as “mice cutting through computer wires” (5). The problem is further accentuated as government school instructors lack the knowledge of how to operate a computer. Even if the technology is present, it is rendered useless if the teachers are not able to teach the students. Nilesh states that students “in government high schools pass out without even having a chance to operate a computer” (9). The gap in technology between private and government high schoolers continues to expand. The article argues that the government should undertake more steps to close the divide before it becomes irreparable. It notes the importance of ensuring that the city’s youth is comfortable using technology, as it continues to be a necessity for daily life.

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